Olympian wins big in annual contests

This 2016-2017 school year has been very rewarding for the Castro Valley High School newspaper. The Olympian won 37 different awards from off-campus groups such as the Quill and Scroll Society, Journalism Education Association, California Press Women and California News Publishers Association for videos, pictures, stories, and columns. This is the most awards The Olympian has ever won.

Olympian staff members were pleased with their success this year. Editor-in-chief Halley Lin-Jones received eight different awards from five different off-campus groups for her stories as well as photos and is very appreciative of her efforts as well as the rest of the class.

“I feel so grateful that my work was recognized and evaluated by real journalists in the industry, and I’m proud of everyone in our class for the success we’ve had in this year’s contests. For me, I have felt most proud of the CNPA award for my columns. To have those really personal opinion pieces supported was truly touching and gratifying,” Lin-Jones explained.

California News Publishers Association awarded Lin-Jones first-place honors in both column writing and news photography. CNPA also honored artist Da Di for an illustration and copy editor Anastasia Le for her feature story about Castro Valley natives Eugene Yoon and Arthur Renowitzky.

Video editor Desiree Broome won four awards: two for videos, one for sports writing, and one for a news photo.

“I’m really excited about winning the awards! For me to have been a part of the class for three years and to win so many awards just shows how worth it all of the work was,” Broome said.

A complete list of winners follows below.

Castro Valley High School Olympian 2016-17 award winners

Haley Booth: Olympian Reporter of the Year

Brittany Bracy: Quill and Scroll, opinion writing; California Press Women, feature writing; California Press Women, feature video; Olympian Hall of Fame

Desiree Broome: California News Publishers Association, sports writing; California Press Women, news video; California Press Women, feature video; Journalism Education Association, news photo; Olympian Hall of Fame

Elizabeth Chan: Quill and Scroll, news reporting

Da Di: California News Publishers Association, illustration

Lauren Eisenman: California Press Women, news video

Caitlin Forbes (2016 graduate): Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame, Art Rosenbaum Sports Writing Scholarship

Gavin Halloran: California News Publishers Association, sports writing; Journalism Education Association, sports photo; Olympian Photographer of the Year

Stella Ho: California Press Women, opinion writing

Hannah Johansson: Journalism Education Association, editorial cartoon; Quill and Scroll, news reporting; California News Publishers Association, news photo

Molly Koch: California News Publishers Association, best writing, California Press Women, video feature

Nisha Lal: Journalism Education Association, feature photo

Anastasia Le: Quill and Scroll, news reporting, California News Publishers Association, feature writing, Journalism Education Association, editorial cartoon

Halley Lin-Jones: California News Publishers Association, opinion writing, California News Publishers Association, news photo; Quill and Scroll, news reporting; Quill and Scroll, opinion writing; California Press Women, feature writing; California Press Women, news photo; National Federation of Press Women, news photo; Journalism Education Association, news photo; Olympian Editor of the Year; Olympian Hall of Fame

Jessica Mi: California Press Women, editorial writing; Quill and Scroll, news reporting; Olympian Editor of the Year; Olympian Hall of Fame

Mara Moysen: California Press Women, feature video

Sarah Nosseir: California Press Women, opinion writing

Ria Panjwani: California Press Women, opinion writing; California Press Women, feature writing; Olympian Rookie of the Year

Fiona Richter: Quill and Scroll, news reporting

Jacob Schoenfeld: California Press Women, sports photo; National Federation of Press Women, sports photo; Journalism Education Association, sports photo; Olympian MVP; Olympian Hall of Fame

Wailea Siler: Olympian Rookie of the Year

Will Stein: California Press Women, opinion writing

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